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Medics: Israeli forces injure 3 near Erez with live fire
Published Saturday 31/07/2010 (updated) 01/08/2010 09:20
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Gaza – Ma’an – Three Gaza workers collecting stone aggregates from rubble near the Erez crossing were hit and injured by Israeli fire in two separate incidents shortly after 9a.m. on Saturday, medics told Ma'an.

Officials said the shots were fired from watch towers near the border crossing in the northern Strip, with the number injured by Israeli fire for the day rising to 13 following a series of air strikes and artillery fire that reportedly targeted "terrorist infrastructure."

Director of ambulance and emergency services for Gaza Strip hospitals Muawiya Hassanein said two workers collecting in the same area were targeted, in addition to a solitary worker collecting aggregates to be recycled into cement in a Gaza City plant, or used for construction.

Hassanein identified the first injured workers as 16-year-old Mahdi Hammadin, who was evacuated to the Beit Hanoun Hospital with gunshot wounds, while 25-year-old Muhammad Shalabi was evacuated to the Kamal Udwan Hospital in Beit Lahiya.

A third man was shot not long after, identified by coordinator of the Gaza Strip police medical services Adham Abu Silmiyya as 21-year-old Muhammad Hasan Sa’dallah. The officials said Sa’dallah was also collecting aggregates when he was shot.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said soldiers fired at a group of men after patrols "identified a group approaching the security fence," classified by Israeli officials as a "combat zone," which includes 6.25 percent of Gaza land and an estimated 20 percent of arable lands.

She said soldiers fired warning shots into the air in an attempt to drive away the men from the area, then fired toward their lower bodies, at which point she said two hits were identified. Only one group of individuals was targeted, she added.

As Israel's siege on Gaza continues, construction materials remain prohibited for commercial and personal use. Materials like aggregates and cement have been transported into Gaza only for construction projects under the UN and other international aid agencies, even as hundreds of homes remain in ruins a year and a half after Israel's last war on Gaza.

According to the UN, at least 6,000 homes in Gaza were either destroyed or severely damaged.
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1 ) Matty Groves / Fairport
31/07/2010 15:24
Once again the IDF shoot at unarmed civilians who posed no threat to the IDF - ‘purity in arms’ my a$$.

2 ) Anna Morel / USA
01/08/2010 00:44
Matty, shotings are terrible!

However, try to think about it, NOT from a Fairport mind-set.

Fairport is NOT Gaza.

Fairport did NOT fire 1000s of rockets at her neighbor,
leave road-side bombs, or build border kidnapping tunnels!!

From this mind-set, collecting aggregate along the border is
more like a test to determine where security & defense are weakest!!

Again, terrible they were shot, but due to Hamas' actions,
approaching the border is like playing in a marked minefield!

3 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL/USA
01/08/2010 04:16
By using the name of a perfectly good musical group, you're defaming them

Who said they were unarmed, YOU?, from the vast distance of Freeport, wherever the heck that is

4 ) southparkbear / usa
01/08/2010 04:49
what is not clear about no go zone?

5 ) Carlos / USA
01/08/2010 16:21
Israel always shoots the innocent when they cant find the guilty or in addition to finding the guilty. Israels policy of house demolition is meant to punish the innocent. No western country would do this within thier own borders. Only Serbia under Slobodan Milosovich did this to nieghboring countries. Israel is not a Western secular democracy it is a religious tyranical oligarchy. Only the people who are Jewish are full citizens. Everyone else is second class.

6 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL/USA
01/08/2010 19:13
5 ) Carlos / USA
When warning shots are fired in a hostile are, and people refuse to halt in
and run off, they're known to be up to no good
You might want to brush up on your Koran, where Dhimmi's (non-muslims) are of a lesser status than Muslims, have to pay special taxes and have very limited rights
House demolition doesn't punish the innocent, it teaches those that wish to be terrorists, that there are consequences for their actions
Terrorist kills a civilian his family suffers too

7 ) FREE PALESTINE / ENGLAND
03/08/2010 16:11
aside from orthadox jews in which I have the utmost respect for... but the Israelis who do not even abide by their own Torah are nothing but TERRORISTS themselves, yet only Muslims get treated like they are the one's to blame for this whole mess, even down to 9/11 look at Israel for that shit... AMERICA your own government are terrorists who brainwash you in to thinking what they want you to think. Give Palestine back! (ben) Muslims do not put anyone in any lower status we are Allahs children...
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